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Office of Field Experience

The College of Fine Arts Office of Field Experiences is dedicated to professional arts educator preparation and practical student teacher placement of our music and art education students. At the onset of the teacher preparation program, all students must submit evidence of going through the College of Fine Arts Teacher Preparation Program Training Modules to the program director. Once all coursework is completed for the degree in Music Education or Art and Visual Culture Education (BFA, BM, or MA), our arts teacher preparation programs culminate with with a semester-long student teaching placement in the relevant content area.

If you are not currently enrolled at The University of Arizona and would like to more information or to apply online, please visit the UA Fred Fox School of Music or the UA School of Art.

Contact Information

Dr. Karin K. Nolan
Assistant Professor of Music Education, UA Fred Fox School of Music
Director of Field Experiences, UA College of Fine Arts
P.O. Box 210004, Tucson, AZ 85721
Email: knolan@email.arizona.edu
Mailbox: Music Building, Room 109
Office: Music Building, Room 159
Phone: (520) 621-7470

2019-2020 Academic Year: Meetings, Dates, and Student Teacher Deadlines

  • 8/21/19, 2-5:30pm, MUS114A and ART243 – Professional Development Part II for Fall 2019 STs
  • 9/11/19, 1-2pm, MUS137 – Student Teacher Orientation for Spring 2020 ST Applicants
  • 9/25/19, 3pm, MUS109 – Student Teacher Application Due To Mailbox for Spring 2020 ST Applicants
  • 10/11/19, electronic submission –Supervisor Mileage Due (Supervisor Deadline Only)
  • 11/6/19, 1-4pm, MUS114A – Career Advisement Session for Fall 2019 STs
  • 12/12/19, 2-4pm, MUS 137 – Professional Development Part I for Spring 2020 STs
  • 12/12/19, Student Teacher Time Cards due for Fall 2019 STs
  • 12/12/19, Supervisor Paperwork Due – electronically or hard copy submission of midterm/final and signature page, phase-in schedule, mileage for second half of semester, and student teacher evaluation (Supervisor Deadline Only).
  • 1/8/20, 2-5:30pm, MUS 137 and ART243 – Professional Development Part II for Spring 2020 STs
  • 1/29/20, 1-2pm, MUS137 – Student Teacher Orientation for Fall 2020 ST Applicants
  • 2/12/20, 3pm, MUS109 – Student Teacher Application Due to Mailbox for Fall 2020 ST Applicants
  • 2/11/20, 12pm-5:30pm, Room 137 – Career Advisement Day and Educ Career Fair for Spring 2020 STs (Fall 2019 STs also encouraged to attend!)
  • 3/6/20, electronic submission – Supervisor Mileage Due (Supervisor Deadline Only)
  • 5/7/20, 2-4pm, MUS137 – Professional Development Part I for Fall 2020 STs
  • 5/7/20, Student Teacher Time Cards due for Spring 2020 STs
  • 5/7/20, Supervisor Paperwork Due – electronically or hard copy submission of midterm/final and signature page, phase-in schedule, mileage for second half of semester, and student teacher evaluation (Supervisor Deadline Only).
  • 5/??/20, Walk-in anytime between 10am-3pm, Education Building room 257 – “Certification Day” for Spring 2020 STs to pick up IRs and AZ Teaching Certificates (instead of needing to go to the AZ Department of Education; they will be on campus to issue certificates on the spot).

Important: No one is allowed to student teach without an IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card, and the process takes approximately two months. Please get fingerprinted ASAP if you do not already have a clearance card or if your current card is scheduled to expire prior to or during your student teaching semester. For more information, see Fingerprint Clearance Card Information.

Student Teacher Application Orientation

It is required that you attend the Student Teacher Orientation Meeting the semester prior to student teacher. RSVP to the appropriate Orientation Date (semester prior to your intended student teaching semester) to Dr. Karin Nolan (knolan@email.arizona.edu) as soon as possible and indicate whether you are art education or music education. The one-hour mandatory orientations are held on the following dates:

  • Orientation for those interested in Student Teaching in Spring 2020: 9/11/19, 1-2pm, MUS137
  • Orientation for those interested in Student Teaching in Fall 2020: 1/29/20, 1-2pm, MUS137

Steps to Apply for Student Teaching:

Make sure that at the beginning of your academic program/degree in either music or art education, that you complete the training modules on the D2L Course “College of Fine Arts Teacher Prep Program” and upload all required files to the D2L assignment dropbox. There are directions regarding how to access these on the training slides, but if you cannot access the course, please contact Dr. Karin Nolan (knolan@email.arizona.edu) for enrollment. Students must maintain current on these training materials throughout their academic program, and no student may apply for student teaching without evidence of completion.

  1. Read through the entire Student Teacher Orientation Presentation, linked above.
  2. Print, fill out completely, and sign your application.
  3. Print and meet with your academic advisor ASAP to go over your coursework checklist. Print the correct checklist to take with you for your advisor meeting:
  4. If you have not already taken and passed the NES Test “Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary,” pay and register for the test and put the test date on your coursework checklist. The NES test should be completed and passed prior to student teaching. For more information, see NES Test Information.
  5. Meet with your major professor (Dr. Shin for art) to finish going over your coursework checklist. Bring your transcript to this meeting.
  6. Update your resume to make it current and professional and make sure it is acceptable for submission to school districts.
  7. Photocopy both sides of your IVP fingerprint clearance card. If you do not already have a valid fingerprint clearance card, you need to obtain one ASAP, as it takes a couple of months for your fingerprint card to arrive; no one can student teach without an IVP fingerprint clearance card. For more information, see Fingerprint Clearance Card Information.
  8. Save a PDF of your unofficial transcripts from UAccess.
  9. Prior to the due date discussed during Orientation (typically two weeks after orientation, see above tab for dates and deadlines), submit all of the following to D2L’s Assignment Dropbox in the course: “College of Fine Arts Teacher Prep Program”: Application, Standards Contract (last page of application), signed coursework checklist, resume, transcripts, and photocopy of front and back of fingerprint clearance card.

All coursework (with the exception of student teaching course) must be completed by the last day of finals in the semester prior to student teaching. You are not allowed to take courses during Winter Session (for Spring student teachers) or Summer Session II (for Fall student teachers) because this overlaps with student teaching and the grade would not be posted prior to student teaching. Read the information included in the tab below that relates to your intended student teacher semester. This information includes required meetings and dates.

NEW as of Fall 2018: we are so excited to offer our student teachers an optional, partial student teaching placement in either Norway and China! Please view the slideshow of photos created by our first student teacher abroad, who student taught in music in Norway during the Fall of 2018: ISTP Norway Slideshow.

UPDATE: This program is suspended until the UArizona Study Abroad program can ensure 12 international student teachers per semester.

Summary of The International Student Teaching Program (ISTP)

  • First half of student teacher placement is in Tucson. Second half is in either Norway or China.
  • Instruction is done in English. Students serve as student teachers in their content area and also as “American ambassadors.”
  • Requirements for Student Teachers to apply for ISTP: 3.0 GPA, Study Abroad application and fee ($80), Interview, UA Program Fee deposit.
  • A minimum of three student teachers across all UA Teacher Prep Programs and our sister program at Iowa State are needed to facilitate the ISTP.
  • Norway Placement: 7 weeks in Rosendal (on the southwest coast of Norway near Bergen) at Kvinnherad District schools. Students live in cabins on the fjord and take weekend excursions to museums (including seeing the best preserved Viking ships) and hiking spots.
  • China Placement: 8 weeks in Liyang (Jiangsu Province) at the Liyang Foreign Language School (elementary) or Liyang High School. Liyang is on the western coast of China and is two hours from Shanghai. Student teachers live in extremely safe, gated community apartments located on the school campus. This experience includes weekly lessons in Mandarin and Chinese culture, including excursions to regional museums and cultural sites.
  • Fees:
    • UA Study Abroad Application fee ($80):
    • UA Program Cost (includes room and board, cooperating teacher’s pay, health insurance, site supervisor’s fee, departmental costs, and 6 credits of UA tuition): China: ~$1350, Norway: ~$3700 (exact costs change depending on number of student teachers).
      • Deposit Due: middle of semester prior to student teaching
    • Not covered by UA Program Cost: airfare, Visa/Residence permit (for China), and some meals (lunch is provided in China; grocery money provided in Norway).
  • UA Supervisor Abroad: Dr. Sylvia Munsen. Dr. Munsen travels to each country and spends a week with the student teachers for observations and coaching. There is also weekly contact with Dr. Munsen and reflective journals each day.
  • For more information, please contact our U of A ISTP coordinator: Dr. Sylvia Munsen.

Make sure you attend the orientation and apply for Student Teaching during the semester prior to your student teaching semester.

When registering for your last semester of classes, make sure to enroll in 12 units of MUS 493M or ARE 493. (Note: if you are participating in the International Student Teaching Program, you will only register for 6 credits; the remaining 6 credits will be through Global Initiatives/Study Abroad.)

Important dates to add to your calendars:

  • Orientation for Fall 2020 student teachers is: January 29, 2020 from 1-2pm in room MUS 137. RSVP to knolan@email.arizona.edu if you plan to attend. See tab above entitled “Applying to be a Student Teacher” for more details.
  • Application Due: February 12, 2020 by 3pm to room MUS 109.
  • Professional Development Conference Part I: May 7, 2020, 2:00-4:00 PM, Place: Music 137.
  • Professional Development Conference Part II: August ??, 2020, 3:00-5:30 PM, Place: Music Building, room 137. Student teachers must be present the entire time, but Cooperating Teachers will join this meeting at 4:30 PM in the following locations:
  • Career Advisement Session: November ??, 2020. Time: ??, Place: Music 114A
    • Bring a blue pen and your time card
    • Bring a resume
    • Bring edited teaching portfolio
  • Seminar Dates as determined by your syllabus for MUS 493M or ARE 493. These are usually monthly meetings held on campus in the evenings. More information about the seminar that accompanies the student teaching semester can be obtained through the syllabus and instructor of record for your MUS/ARE 493 course.
  • When your degree is posted and Institutional Recommendation is obtained, plan to get your TEACHER CERTIFICATION (see below)

Make sure you attend the orientation and apply for Student Teaching during the semester prior to your student teaching semester.

When registering for your last semester of classes, make sure to enroll in 12 units of MUS 493M or ARE 493.

Important dates to add to your calendars:

  • Orientation for Spring 2020 student teachers is: September 11, 2019 from 1-2pm in room MUS 137. RSVP to knolan@email.arizona.edu if you plan to attend. See tab above entitled “Applying to be a Student Teacher” for more details.
  • Application Due: September 25, 2019 by 3pm to room MUS 109.
  • Professional Development Conference Part I: December 12, 2019, 2:00-4:00 PM, Place: Music 137.
  • Professional Development Conference Part II: January 8, 2020, 3:00-5:30 PM, Place: Music Building, room 137. Student teachers must be present the entire time, but Cooperating Teachers will join this meeting at 4:30 PM in the following locations:
  • Career Advisement Session: February 11, 2020. Time: 12-5:30pm, Place: Music 137
    • Bring a blue pen and your time card
    • Bring a stack of resumes
    • Bring edited teaching portfolio
    • Bring CatCard
    • Dress professionally (interview attire)
  • Certification Day: May 21, 2020. Time: Walk-in anytime 10am-3pm, Place: Room 247 of the College of Education building.
    • See Below
  • Seminar Dates as determined by your syllabus for MUS 493M or ARE 493. These are usually monthly meetings held on campus in the evenings. More information about the seminar that accompanies the student teaching semester can be obtained through the syllabus and instructor of record for your MUS/ARE 493 course.
  • When your degree is posted and Institutional Recommendation is obtained, plan to get your TEACHER CERTIFICATION (see below)

Make sure you attend the orientation and apply for Student Teaching during the semester prior to your student teaching semester.

When registering for your last semester of classes, make sure to enroll in 12 units of MUS 493M or ARE 493.

Important dates to add to your calendars:

  • Orientation for Fall 2019 student teachers is: January 30, 2019 from 1-2pm in room MUS 137. RSVP to knolan@email.arizona.edu if you plan to attend. See tab above entitled “Applying to be a Student Teacher” for more details.
  • Application Due: February 13, 2019 by 3pm to room MUS 109.
  • Professional Development Conference Part I: May 2, 2019, 2:00-4:00 PM, Place: Music 137.
  • Professional Development Conference Part II: August 21, 2019, 3:00-5:30 PM, Place: Music Building, room 114A. Student teachers must be present the entire time, but Cooperating Teachers will join this meeting at 4:30 PM in the following locations:
  • Career Advisement Session: November 6, 2019. Time: 1-4pm, Place: Music 114A
    • Bring a blue pen and your time card
    • Bring a resume
    • Bring teaching portfolio
  • Seminar Dates as determined by your syllabus for MUS 493M or ARE 493. These are usually monthly meetings held on campus in the evenings. More information about the seminar that accompanies the student teaching semester can be obtained through the syllabus and instructor of record for your MUS/ARE 493 course.
  • When your degree is posted and Institutional Recommendation is obtained, plan to get your TEACHER CERTIFICATION (see below)

Obtaining Teacher Certification after Student Teaching

For current certification information, it is always advisable to go directly to the Arizona Department of Education’s website: http://www.azed.gov/educator-certification/

Step 1: Obtain your Institutional Recommendation (IR):

  • What is an IR? Institutional Recommendation is your quick path to certification without a lengthy transcript review through the AZ Dept of Educ.
    • Provides for half the cost of normal certification (discount valid for one year only).
    • For Fall Student Teachers: IR will be mailed to your address (or scanned to you, if requested through Sara Knepper) once degree is posted to UAccess.
    • For Spring Student Teachers: IR will be available for pick up in person from the College of Education room 257 for Spring Student Teachers on the scheduled Certification Day. If you are not able to pick up your IR and certificate in person on Certification Day, it will be mailed to your house (or scanned to you, if requested through Sara Knepper).
  • Next Certification Day (only offered in Spring semesters): May 21, 2020 from 10am-3pm in the College of Education Student Services office Room 247, located on the ground floor of the Education Building. If your degree is posted, you may pick up your IR in person on this day and get certified on the spot with the Arizona Department of Education; bring all materials listed in the next step below. Please note: this option is only available in the spring semesters. Fall student teachers will have their IRs mailed to their home addresses (or scanned and emailed to them) after they graduate and will need to visit the Arizona Department of Education office in Phoenix or apply for certification using ADE’s online portal: at the AzEDCert Portal.
  • Please note: IRs can also be scanned and electronically sent to students by contacting Sara Knepper if the student is interested in applying for certification online or is unable to attend Certification Day in the spring.
  • As soon as you receive the IR, complete the Criminal History portion and sign it
  • IR is only good for one year from the date it is issued once the degree is posted. For security reasons, the state only allows one IR to be issued per student, so do not lose it.
  • Make sure that if you have a new mailing address since filling out your IR Application, you update it with our certification officer in the College of Education, Sara Knepper.

Step 2: If graduating in the Spring, plan on attending the Certification Day to obtain certification on the UA campus. Fall graduates (and Spring graduates who do not attend Certification Day) will be mailed their IRs and may obtain their certificate in one of three ways: (1) drive to the Phoenix Arizona Department of Education office, (2) mail all paperwork directly to the Arizona Department of Education (mail your documents to: ADE – Certification; P.O. Box 6490; Phoenix, AZ 85005-6490), or (3) apply online by uploading materials to the new AzEDCert Portal. Here are the items needed for obtaining your certificate.

  • Institutional Recommendation (IR) signed by you; see above for information regarding your IR.
  • Original and Photocopy of your IVP fingerprint clearance card
  • Photocopy of official NES Test results for all passed certification tests
  • Evidence of satisfying the AZ/US Constitution Requirement
    • If you took the AZ/US Constitution course and it is on your UA transcripts (e.g., you took the course at the U of A or transferred the course to your UA transcripts if you took the course through another institution), you do not have to do anything because it will be part of the IR issued by the U of A.
    • If you took the AZ/US Consitution course at a different institution and did not get it transferred to your UA transcripts, you need to bring an official transcript from institution where course was taken.
    • If you took the AEPA test to fulfill the AZ/US Constitution requirement, you need to provide a photocopy of your passed AEPA test results.
  • Application for Certification: On the application, select two items: (1) under Standard Professional Teaching Certificates, select Arts Education (Prek-12) and note “Music” or “Art”; and (2) under Endorsements, select Structured English Immersion (SEI) if you completed the LCEV 408/508 course.
  • Personal check/money order/cashier’s check for appropriate fees (minimum is $30 because it is $30 for your arts education certificate; if you are also receiving your SEI endorsement, it will be another $30). No cash or credit cards accepted!
    • NOTE: Your certificate is half price with your IR; the IR expires in one year and cannot be reissued, so don’t wait too long to get your certificate!

Students Leaving the State of Arizona to teach

  • As a general rule, it is much more difficult to obtain a teaching certificate in any other state without your current Arizona certificate.
  • Many states offer reciprocity if you hold a teaching certificate from another state. Visit or contact the other state’s department of education website for more information.
  • Even if you do not plan to teach in Arizona at all, it is recommended you obtain AZ Teacher Certification and then request reciprocity from the other state’s department of education.